Sustainable Architecture in Philadelphia - For the Birds?

This course looks closely at bird collisions and hazards to birds within the built environment. This course will identify best practices, such as materials and design strategies, to help prevent bird collisions. This course looks at the possibility to include bird-friendly architecture with other aspects of green design.

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Transforming the Materials Market via Radical Transparency

This course looks at how manufacturers and consumers can promote transparency and the elimination of toxic chemicals through better communication. The course covers the challenges of eliminating Red List ingredients from a project, manufacturer barriers to transparency, and how Declare’s reporting protocol aligns with that of other programs.

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The Power of Zero: Optimizing Value for Next Gen Green

This course discusses the cost/benefit implications of building to Zero Net Energy and Living Building Challenge standards. It looks closely at the construction costs of next generation green buildings, and compares it to both LEED and non-LEED buildings. It also compares high-performance buildings to their energy goals and strategies.

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Triple Bottom Line - Creating Sustainable Organizations

This course looks at third-party evaluation tools for the sustainability of organizations involved in green building. The course covers the benefits of third-party assessment of sustainabilit; identifies third-party tools; and discusses the importance of triple bottom line thinking in terms of social, economic, and environmental considerations.

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Marketing Green Building: A Competitive Advantage Without Greenwash

This course looks at emerging trends in green building marketing that create a competitive advantage without greenwash. The course covers green marketing trends that enable a company’s brand building, business development, and marketing strategies to have a competitive advantage and how to communicate a green marketing strategy through a cohesive, integrated marketing program. The course also explains the world of green certifications and trust marks, the implications of environmental marketing claims under federal or state laws, and how to avoid running afoul of the FTC Green Guides.

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Affordable Green Neighborhoods Support Public Health

This course looks at the value of LEED-ND to support the creation of healthier, more sustainable communities that improve public health. The course covers the theory, principles, and measures of improving public health through the built environment in accordance with LEED-ND; how health indicators can support the design of healthy, sustainable communities; and presents case studies where LEED-ND principles have resulted in more sustainable communities that improve public health.

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Health Matters. And Green Building Can Help

This course looks at the relationship between the built environment and the health of U.S. citizens. The course covers issues such as health challenges of the 21 century; includes numerous health statistics related to health care expenditures, life expectancy, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor food choices; and proposes principles for building healthy places.

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Transforming Buildings Through Product Innovation

This course looks at new green building product innovations and technologies. The course covers how to make the case for new green building products, identify the conditions needed to accelerate innovation adoption, appropriate technology trends and applications across a range of players, and how to apply these trends in practice.

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Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It's Zero or Nothing

This course looks at how the study of nature as a designer (biomimicry) can help to transform the built environment. It discusses how to achieve bio-inspired designs to solve some of the building industry’s most difficult challenges, and shows actual design solutions that have been modeled on designs found in nature.

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Pitching Efficiency Technologies to Building Owners

This course looks at projects that incorporate efficiency technologies, including how building owners calculate sustainable return on investment, constraints to secure funding, and common pitfalls.

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